APM Terminals (APMT) Pecém, Brazil, has handled 55,000 TEU in October, the highest volume ever recorded in the terminal’s history.
The terminal also saw an impressive 11 per cent growth in container moves year to date (YTD), versus the same period in 2022.
This was mainly driven by a 23 per cent growth in the export of produce from the fruit growing centres of Pernambuco, Bahia, Ceará and Rio Grande do Norte.
Historically, October and November have always been the highest volume months, largely due to the high demand for fruit exports to Europe and the United States, reported APMT.
The strategic location of APMT Pecém allows fresh produce grown in the country to reach its final destination faster.
“Our agile response to increased demand ensured the continuity of services with high levels of reliability,” said Daniel Rose, CEO of APMT Pecém.
“Through these achievements we have reinforced our commitment to the Port of Pecém and the fruit growing sector in the northeast region in particular.
“This has strengthened the fundamental role of the port as a hub for Ceará through the expansion of operations to support exports.”
The port authority responsible for the Pecém port complex forecasts exports from the fruit sector this season to reach 180 thousand tonnes, 10,000 more than last year. It is also estimated that shipments will reach 7,200 refrigerated containers, with products grown especially in the hubs of Pernambuco, Bahia, Ceará and Rio Grande do Norte.
“We are optimistic about the future and committed to investing and growing together with Ceará and neighbouring states,” continued Rose.
Marcelo Gurgel, Commercial Manager at APM Terminals Pecém, added that: “In addition to the 23 per cent growth in fruit exports in the last three months, the terminal was also the main port for logistics to supply aid destined for Manaus, which suffers from the worst drought in the Amazon region ever recorded in history.”
In April 2023, Complexo do Pecém (CIPP SA) released the results of a system that is expected to help in managing the quality of images for surveillance purposes. This system comes with the aim of improving the video surveillance system at the Port of Pecém, which has more than 370 cameras.